With the official signing of the wind turbine order with Siemens Gamesa the developer and operator Ørsted has now kicked off the largest offshore wind project to date.
The new SG 8.0-167 DD is equipped with a rotor 167 metres in diameter. The blades, 81.5 meters long, deliver an 18% wider swept area and 20% more annual output than its predecessor, the SWT-7.0-154. It features the technology proven in the direct drive platform combined with a larger-scale rotor in order to offer customers higher returns while minimising the associated costs and risks.
In 2022 Hornsea Two will provide clean energy for approximately 1.3 million British households. The installation of the 165 large direct drive wind turbines at the project site 89 kilometers off the British east coast is expected to start in 2021.
The project with a combined rating of 1,386 megawatts is not only the largest wind project in Siemens Gamesa’s history, but also the largest single order in the history of offshore wind energy. So far, this leading position has been defended by Hornsea One with a capacity of 1,218 MW and which similarly was developed by Ørsted and is currently under construction.